Associate

Nadia Smahi

Highly recommended for Swiss legal advice in arbitration

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Incredibly talented and easy to work with

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An outstanding arbitration practitioner with diverse experience

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She has deep knowledge, instinct and dedication

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Highly recommended for Swiss legal advice in arbitration

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Incredibly talented and easy to work with

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About

Nadia Smahi's practice focuses on counsel work in international and domestic arbitration, as well as cross-border and domestic litigation. She represents parties and acts as secretary to arbitral tribunals in numerous arbitral proceedings, both ad hoc and institutional (e.g. ICC, LCIA, SCAI, CAS) in various disputes relating to oil and gas, international sales, distribution and licensing agreements, shareholders' agreements, brokerage contracts, intellectual property disputes and sport related disputes.

She also represents and advises clients in civil litigation proceedings, including in relation to the challenge, recognition and enforcement of arbitral awards and court decisions in Switzerland, but also in relation to various corporate and contractual matters under Swiss law.

In addition, she has concrete experience in representing and advising clients in intellectual property matters, in particular trademarks, patents, copyrights, designs and unfair competition law disputes.

Nadia Smahi regularly speaks and writes on International Arbitration and Intellectual Property topics. She has been elected LCIA YIAG Regional Representative for Europe and has co-organized numerous International Arbitration events for young practitioners across Europe.

Recent Work Highlights
  • Representation (as co-counsel) for Respondent in an ICC arbitration concerning international gas sales contracts.
  • Representation of a Middle-Eastern company in an ICC arbitration against European companies in the automotive sector regarding a distribution agreement.
  • Representation of a Swiss watch manufacturer in a trademark dispute before the Swiss Federal Administrative Court.
  • Representation of an international sport federation in challenge proceedings against an arbitral award before the Swiss Federal Supreme Court in relation to a sponsorship agreement.
  • Representation of a Danish company in litigation proceedings in Switzerland in relation to corporate matters.
LanguagesFrench, German, English, Swedish
Curriculum
  • Associate at Bär & Karrer (since 2018)
  • Intellectual Property Associate at a business law firm in Zurich (2017-2018)
  • Bucerius Law School/UC Hastings: Summer School on International Intellectual Property Transactions (2017)
  • WIPO/University of Geneva: Summer School on Intellectual Property (2017)
  • Admitted to the Geneva Bar (2017)
  • Trainee at a business law firm in Geneva (2015-2016)
  • University of Geneva: Master of Laws (2016)
  • Arbitration Assistant to Prof. Dr. Pierre Tercier in Fribourg (2015)
  • International Arbitration Intern at a Magic Circle law firm in Frankfurt am Main (2014)
  • Lawyer School (ECAV)/University of Geneva: Certificate of Advanced Studies in Legal Profession (2014)
  • International Arbitration Intern at the ICC International Court of Arbitration in Paris (2013)
  • International Arbitration Intern at a business law firm in Geneva (2013)
  • Stockholm University: LL.M. in International Commercial Arbitration Law (2013)
  • Participant in the 20th Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot (2012-2013)
  • Summer Legal Intern at a business law firm in Geneva (2012)
  • University of Geneva: Bachelor of Laws (2011)
Memberships and Public Offices
  • Geneva Bar Association (ODA)
  • Zurich Bar Association (ZAV), passive member
  • International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA)
  • Young International Arbitration Group (LCIA YIAG)
  • ICAL Alumni Association (ICALAA)
  • Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA)/ASA Below 40
  • Arbitral Women/Young Arbitral Women Practitioners
  • Young International Council for Commercial Arbitration (Young ICCA)
AdmissionAll Swiss Courts

Nadia Smahi's Deals, Cases & News

Who's Who Legal lists Nadia Smahi as one of the Future Leaders - Arbitration (Non-partners).

Who's Who Legal Arbitration 2021

Who's Who Legal lists Nadia Smahi as one of the Future Leaders - Arbitration (Non-partners).

Who's Who Legal Arbitration 2021

Who's Who Legal lists Nadia Smahi as one of the Future Leaders - Arbitration (Non-partners).

Who's Who Legal Arbitration 2021

Contact

Nadia Smahi
P: +41 58 261 57 00
F: +41 58 261 57 01
nadia.smahi@baerkarrer.ch

Bär & Karrer Ltd.
12, quai de la Poste
CH-1211 Geneva 3
Switzerland

Assistant
Daria Vernisse
P: +41 58 261 57 06
F: +41 58 261 57 01
daria.vernisse@baerkarrer.ch

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